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‘James Ellroy, Los Angeles and the Spectacular Crisis of Masculinity’

Cohen, Josh. 1998. ‘James Ellroy, Los Angeles and the Spectacular Crisis of Masculinity’. In: Peter Messent, ed. Criminal Proceedings: The Contemporary American Crime Novel. London: Pluto Press, pp. 160-178. ISBN 978-0745310169 [Book Section]

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Criminal Proceedings offers a comprehensive view of some of the most important developments in crime fiction. The contributors explore the significant new directions which the genre has recently taken and examine their importance in terms of American cultural self-definition as they tap into contemporary concerns about place, identity, gender, race, oppression and justice.

In particular, the contributors focus on the ways in which new multicultural perspectives are now challenging the predominantly white, male tradition. The work of some of America’s best crime writers are examined, including Patricia Cornwell, James Ellroy, Elmore Leonard, Walter Mosely and Barbara Wilson. The proliferation of sub-genres, such as court and police procedurals, is also examined. Criminal Proceedings is a fascinating survey of one of the liveliest and most distinctively American of literary genres.

Item Type: Book Section

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

English and Comparative Literature

Dates:

DateEvent
1998Published

Item ID:

12986

Date Deposited:

26 Aug 2015 13:36

Last Modified:

23 Jun 2017 15:32

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/12986
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